We had a wery nice stay at the hideaway.
The place is nice and clean, good food, and the staff is very friendly.
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We found the food good. Plenty to fill teenage children! We self catered at lunch. The trips are very flexible and the staff friendly. There were no 'hard sell' tactics and we were left to make our own decisions, which was great. We had an amazing whale trip, very low key, up close and exciting!
Eua is not your typical tropical island. It has a real frontier, wilderness feel. The ocean and the forests are raw, the people friendly and welcoming and the hideaway is the best way to see it. There's no pretense with Taki and his family. They want you to gave a genuine experience on eua and they facilitate this through their fantastic staff.
Taki and his wife are committed to the preservation of the Tongan environment. Taki is an articulate and humble advocate for nature and he is using the hideaway as his base for protecting and promoting tongas Eco values. It is great to know you are supporting something worthwhile on your holiday.
We stayed at the hideaway for six wonderful nights. We spent the first two nights in the stand alone separate fale (shared facilities). The room was spacious, cool and quiet - great for a peacful sleep under the mosquito net (not that you really need it cause the gekkos take care of that...). We spent the other nights in a nice standard unit, with private showers and hot water. Taki and the family are your people to sort out anything you want while you stay on the isalnd. This can include swimming with whales (AMAZING!), trekking, kava ceremonies (what an experience), taxi service (check the charge), great food (including Tongan coffee) and even a flight back to Tongatapu! The Hideaway family works closely with the locals so that all the profits from the awesome activities you undertake stay on the island, but if you'd rather just laze on a beautiful beach it's only a 5 minute walk away.
Eua truly is a magical place, as it has everything you could want on a tropical island getaway and Taki and the crew are just the people to share it with.
Tail end of Tongan visit. Spent most of time in Ha'apai surrounded by sandy beaches. If your after beaches then don't come here. My flight tock 10 mins due to head wind and airstip half covered in grass giving a thrill of a landing. Fly in and then take the ferry back would probably be the best way to visit Eua. The ferry if youve not got the stomach,can get a little rough I'm told. You might just loose the contence of your stomach, just fly. Collected by Hideway and off to the establisment via town (only a few shops..Bank.. market) blink and you will miss it. Arrived to a very rustic, I cant really find the word see pic, Bits of wood nailed togeather sort of shack. No welcome at all ! Just trailed my driver to room 2. I was left to fend for myself. Sorted out most very quickly, large board offering activities, meal menu. My room again rustic but the best of this journey, Dble bed as requested, own HOT hooray shower and toilet. Fan above bed but no Mossy net. Didn't need it as only few bites about on dusk. Met Taki the operater of this establishment. I had been told before coming that if he was not there the place would be in chaos. That got a great laugh. Taki is currently waving the flag for save the turtles in Tonga. Go for it but feel that its going to be a long road as the Tongans eat them and have no care for the enviroment let alone the endangered species. Fishing nets thrown over reef and even the smallest fish kept to eat. This does not allow the fish recover their numbers, hence there are so few to be seen.
The room at $55 top for one was by far the best value I have ever had in Tonga. Theres dorm and campsites and some tents already erected for those who want the experience without having to bring their own. Meals and b/fast ok but dont expect to much. Fish frozen ! again this is just not good enough when the sea is just a stones throw away. Asked to order evening meal at breakfast, the need to thaw out the food. Just down a wooden path the whales can sometimes be seen this time of year. Saw them regularly from this place. Guests returning each day with tails of successful swims with the big fish. Hiking by self or tour. Get down and dirty but unfortunetly rubbish everywhere. Tongans just dont seem to care. The island has a parrot only found here, saw two flapping their fabulous coloured feathers. Also there are rare painted doves, pastel colours but hard to find. No real snorkling or swimming but still this island, the Hideway and its friendly people worth the visit.
We were met at airport by friendly staff to take us to The Hideway.
A comfortable room with own bathroom.
The Hideaway is located in one of the villages on Eua island and is right on the water edge where you can watch the whales, the waves and beautiful sunsets,
Guided tours are avilable like whale watching, 4WD tour, snorkelling or friendly staff will give you advice on unguided walks and there is no pressure from the staff at all. They tell you where the best swimming or snorkelling can be done and special places of interest. We did the 4WD guided tour and it was very good. Eua has a magnificent coastline.
The Hideway provide tasty family cooked meals.
We loved the fresh coconut milk.
I will have lots of fond memories of The Hideway on Eua island, and one in particular is when we went to the village for Sunday church service, the singing by the congregation was so beautiful it made me cry.
If you want a nice relaxing holiday with no pressure, friendly staff, then go to Eua Island.